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    • Elena A Christofides, MD, FACEElena A Christofides, MD, FACE
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      Unhealthy Butter

      Quality butter from grass-fed cows contains a healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. Canola oil is a bio-diesel fuel that is made from rapeseed plants and contains all omega-6 and omega-9 fats. All three types of fat are mono-unsaturated but the omega-6 and omega-9 fats are very pro-inflammatory and should be avoided. So, by adding canola oil to the butter, this company actually made it MORE unhealthy. Choose 100% real butter for the best quality of over all fat.

    • AvatarJosie Tabacca
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      Do you have any advice on how to make real butter easier to spread? That’s definitely one reason why I sometimes buy the butter mixed with oil.
      TIA!

    • Elena A Christofides, MD, FACEElena A Christofides, MD, FACE
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      Yes! The best option here is to use an old-fashioned butter crock. Fill the center of the crock with butter, invert it into the outer crock. There is usually a layer of water in the bottom which seals off the butter, keeping it fresh.
      If that isn’t an option for you, then by all means, choose a butter product with a healthier oil, like olive oil.

    • AvatarCatNFiddle
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      I have a major question about reading between the lines for types of fats! When I’m looking at ingredients for certain items, I try to avoid soy oil, but I’ve noticed it’s often used to cut other products. This is a frightening prospect when dealing with a food intolerance or allergy. Is there anything I should look for in packaging that will help keep me from purchasing the wrong product?

      • Elena A Christofides, MD, FACEElena A Christofides, MD, FACE
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        In general, soy is listed as itself and rarely is the name altered for ingredients lists. You are correct that it is often use in conjunction with other oils as a cheaper alternative filler oil or as a texture agent. Due to allergen concerns with labels though, it is listed separately so you will have to read the ingredients list for everything you purchase that is pre-made to ensure avoidance. If you have a specific label that concerns you, upload it here so I can review.

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